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Six plaintiffs have filed the latest pressure cooker lawsuit against Tristar Products in Philadelphia, saying the Power Pressure Cooker XL is "dangerous" and "defective."

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A group of six plaintiffs have filed a new Power Pressure Cooker XL lawsuit in a Pennsylvania state court. Their complaint, entered in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, accuses Tristar Products of selling "a product that suffers from serious and dangerous defects."

Six-Plaintiff Lawsuit Over Power Pressure Cooker XL

The Power Pressure Cooker XL is advertised as "safe to use," but all six plaintiffs say that a Tristar-branded machine exploded under normal operating conditions. The explosions left them with "serious and substantial burn injuries," plaintiffs claim.

The new Philadelphia pressure cooker lawsuit was filed on September 19, 2017 under the case number 170902183. Plaintiffs are represented by the experienced product liability attorneys at Johnson // Becker, a Minnesota-based law firm.

Complaint: Tristar's Safety Claims Are "Flatly Wrong"

Over 25 years in business, Tristar Products has sold over $1 billion in merchandise. The company, which is behind many of the country's most popular "As Seen On TV" products, attributes its success to a "dedication to high standards and quality manufacturing." The Power Pressure Cooker XL, Tristar advertisements claim, is no different. Outfitted with numerous "Built-In Safety Features," the device is explicitly advertised as "one of the safest [pressure cookers] you can get" in marketing materials.

These claims of safety, according to over 20 lawsuits pending in federal and state courts, could not be further from the truth. A growing number of consumers say the Power Pressure Cooker XL is defective in design, allowing scalding food and liquids to erupt from the machine without warning.

Cooker Blew Up, Causing Severe Burns, Lawsuit Says

In the newest product liability lawsuit, six plaintiffs tell a strikingly-similar story. Following manufacturer instructions, the consumers were preparing meals in their cookers when an apparent failure of the machine's "Safety Features" allowed the lid to come off - while the cooker was still under pressure. The cooker's "scalding hot contents" were "forcefully ejected" as a result, court documents report, causing the plaintiffs to suffer severe burns.

The six plaintiffs who have filed this latest lawsuit against Tristar hail from Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas, California, Michigan and Minnesota. While all six had purchased or received a Power Pressure Cooker XL Model Number PPC-790, they say Tristar's other models have been linked to similar pressure cooker explosions. In all, the lawsuit lists seven additional pressure cooker models sold by Tristar:
  • PC-WAL1
  • PC-TR16
  • PPC-770
  • PPC-770-1
  • PPC-780
  • PPC-780P
In one 2016 report to the federal government, a consumer described the terrifying circumstances under which a PC-TR16 pressure cooker "exploded" on its first use. "The top of the cooker came off unexpectedly," a woman said, allowing the contents to fly out.

Plaintiffs: Company "Put Consumers In Harm's Way"

Alongside numerous other safety features, Tristar advertises the Power Pressure Cooker XL on the basis of a "lid locking mechanism" designed to prevent the lid from opening until all of the pressure is released. As we've seen, plaintiffs believe that this safety feature can fail under normal operating conditions, turning the pressure cooker into little more than a glorified bomb.

"Tristar's representations about 'safety' are not just misleading," the complaint reads, "they are flatly wrong, and put innocent consumers [...] directly in harm's way." Plaintiffs even go to the trouble of suggesting cost-effective design modifications that could have "prevented the pressure cooker's lid from being rotated and opened while pressurized."

If Tristar had truly been interested in public safety, the lawsuit suggests, the company could have implemented any number of substitute designs, reducing the risk of horrific explosions but remaining profitable.

Tristar Accused Of "Ignoring" Explosion Reports

The plaintiffs go on to accuse Tristar of either ignoring or concealing the pressure cooker's alleged safety risks from the public. As the complaint notes, more than 10 consumers have reported similar Power Pressure Cooker XL explosions to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, an agency of the federal government.

Beyond these complaints, plaintiffs cite no fewer than 21 Tristar lawsuits filed in recent years over alleged pressure cooker explosions. Many of these legal claims, including a class action filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, have reached undisclosed settlement agreements. Yet Tristar has never issued a recall or attempted to modify the pressure cooker's design, plaintiffs say.

The company "knew or should have known" that the Power Pressure Cooker XL had serious problems, the lawsuit contends, "but has nevertheless put profit ahead of safety by continuing to sell its pressure cookers to consumers, failing to warn [...] consumers of the serious risks posed by the [alleged] defects."

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About Laurence Banville

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Laurence P. Banville, Esq. is the managing partner of Banville Law. He is a regular contributor on several topics including negligent security cases, child sexual abuse and Dram Shop and liquor liability cases.

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